Category Archives: Self Improvement

NewYear, NewBeginning

I’ve seen the phenomena many times; people come to see the counselor/psychologist for whatever reason. Diagnosis is often anxiety or depression, which is quite correct, but what many individuals fail to understand is that the root of many of their problems lie in the choices they have made themselves.

Life is about choices, and granted, sometimes making such choices take some chemical intervention. Less anxiety, better choices….making certain choices can be really hard, but the bottom-line is, they are CHOICES. You can decide to cut off connections with a poisonous friend or to stop drinking alcohol, smoking, negative thinking, whatever your vice maybe. Whether you need the support of a professional and a pill or two, well, that is also entirely up to you. In the end, you see, you have the power to change your life, whether you believe it or not.

The problem is, people rarely take responsibility for their own miserable dispositions. They blame it on colleagues, exes, family members, past traumatic events, illness, and so forth. All these are valid reasons to be depressed, yes, and you may have been completely innocent of causing any of these bad events and/or relationship break-ups, but you are still responsible for your own decision to cling to it. I understand that letting go is never easy, therefore you have the option to get help; someone you can talk to who can guide you through your healing process.

Why not decide today to take back control of your life, reclaim your power and move forward, leaving those old hurts behind. Trust me, you CAN, yes, you cannot change the past, it is done, but you can decide today to change your future.

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Come on friends, life can be such a beautiful adventure, a wonderful and precious gift, don’t let old grudges, pains and sorrows it away from you. And if you need help? Don’t ever be embarrassed to reach out; talk to somebody.

This then is my challenge to all: don’t let the past steal your joy, close the door on it and start living YOUR life with gratitude, peace and happiness.

IMAGE SOURCE:

COLEMAN, Chrystal.  2012.  Persephone Magazine: Positivity Challenge Week 7: Staying Positive at Your Non-Ideal Job.  [Web:] http://bit.ly/2iXoEQZ  [Date of Access:] January 10, 2017.

VIDEO SOURCE:

MIND INNOVATION.  2014.  Excuses and Negativity – Inspirational Video. [Web:] https:

Self-talk: Avoid telling yourself these 5 things

Via @mindbodygreen by #SteveKamb

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If you’re a rational human being, then you probably have a tiny voice in your head that tells you why certain things are possible and other things aren’t.

  1. “I don’t have time.”
  2. “I can’t afford it.”
  3. “I’m too old.”
  4. “I don’t have the same opportunities as other people.”
  5. “Life isn’t a fairy tale, movie, or game. Be realistic.”

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Source:

KAMB, Steve. 2016. 5 Things You Should NEVER Say To Yourself – mindbodygreen.com [Web:] MindBodyGreen.  [Date of Access:] 13 January 2016.

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What a dog can teach us about happiness

via @Artofimproving

Have you ever noticed the positive attitude dogs seem to have? They take every day as it comes and just ENJOY.

This video by Nat Johnson illustrates just that and suggests that we take the hint. Perhaps it is true that we, the ‘masters’ of the animal, can indeed learn something from them.

Read the article here.

Source:

JOHNSON, Nat. n.d. What a dog can teach us about the meaning of life. [Web:] Ideapod.com. [Date of Access:] 8 January 2016

5 Natural (But Overlooked) Methods To Treat Depression

Via @mindbodygreen by by Pettina Stanghon

Photo: Shuttershock via mindbodygreen.com

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Here are some scary facts about depression. It’s the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with the World Health Organization estimating that more than 350 million people suffer today, impacting all regions and demographics of the world. [Click to continue reading.]

Here are five holistic treatment worth considering if you’re struggling with depression. These can be effective on their own and can work well to complement additional treatments.

1. Love your gut. An inflamed gut can actually contribute to depression due to the close relationship between the digestive tract and the brain.

2. Treat food as medicine. Certain foods have a powerful effect on the body and can even trigger chemical reactions which result in inflammation, which is undesirable why trying to treat depression.

3. Get your hormones tested. Many people aren’t aware that a simple, non-invasive saliva test can reveal more about your body’s hormones than conventional blood tests.

4. Take some time daily to practice mindfulness. You can acknowledge your feelings, knowing they do not accurately reflect the present moment at all times. This can help you avoid spiraling into a negative space.

5. Practice gratitude. When we regularly focus on what we have and not what we don’t have, our mindsets instantly start to change.

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Source:

5 Natural (But Overlooked) Methods To Treat Depression – mindbodygreen.com

How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You 

Via @PsychToday by Ryan M. Niemiec

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Mindfulness is a paradox. It’s the easiest thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world. Let me explain.

There’s an easy way and a hard way to practice mindfulness.

5 tips to cultivate mindfulness:

Tip #1: Start with the easy stuff – build your mindfulness “muscle”

Tip #2: Don’t meditate for 1 hour a day – start with what you are willing to do to establish a routine — perhaps 5 minutes a day

Tip #3: Practice ANY type of mindfulness you wish – go where your motivation is highest.

Tip #4: Forgive yourself, repeatedly.

Tip #5: Use your natural energy sources.

Want to know more? Read the original article here.

Source:

How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You | Psychology Today